Work in Sussex to protect local businesses recognised in national report

29/06/2021

After the Home Affairs Select Committee published its Violence and Abuse Towards Retail Workers First Report, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said she acknowledged the Committee’s recommendations and welcomed recognition of the progress made in Sussex to tackle business crime.

“I have already been encouraging many of our newly-elected PCCs to share the approach of my Safer Sussex Business Partnership to better understand the scale of shoplifting, abuse and assaults and examine the reporting, recording and police response to it.

“We need to overcome data-sharing barriers to help identify prolific offenders and trends and we need to make reporting incidents much easier for shopworkers. It’s essential for the future of our high streets and the communities they serve that all PCC’s include business and retail crime in their policing priorities.

“I am very encouraged by the way that Sussex Police has gripped business crime with a Divisional Commander now leading a dedicated team that includes specially trained officers in our call centre and support for businesses to capture and transfer vital digital evidence of incidents.

“The One Touch Reporting pilot with the Co-op and NBCS in Sussex, highlighted in the HASC report, could and should be extended to other retailers and other forces. As the APCC Business Crime Lead, I will be championing good practice and innovative technology to support victims and make stores a safe place in which to shop and work.”

You can read the full report here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/6463/documents/70506/default/

Work in Sussex has been referenced several times (pages 34-35).